Outdoor spaces for summer living has continued to be a very successful home improvement project. Even though our economy is slow to recover, we as homeowners keep looking for inexpensive ideas to create outdoor dining and living spaces. In many parts of the country outdoor spaces can be used all year long.
The nice thing about creating attractive outdoor living rooms is the fact that it does not require an enormous amount of time or a huge budget. All we really need to do is to focus on the basic elements and to choose only the materials we need.
When we begin building these garden rooms we need to begin working on the ground and go up from there. We really do not need to have a professional come out and pour a patio for us, we can use composite interlocking decking tiles to form a new patio or add to an existing patio. The deck tiles should be used on a hard level surface such as asphalt, concrete, or bare ground. The easy part of installing these tiles is that they snap into place. There are instructions included and the tiles come in an array of colors, patterns, and sizes with a slip-resistant surface and are easy to maintain. If shade is needed for hot days, a pergola or arbor can be constructed using composite deck boards.
Now that you have laid your flooring and erected your shade it is time for the seating and decorations for your outdoor spaces. Some of the most popular items for the room might include furniture for dining, casual seating, barbecue grills, and outdoor fireplaces or fire pits. If you have one large area you can split it into a dining and grilling area and another for lounging. You may even have smaller outdoor spaces in different areas, one in the front section for cooking and dining and another area in the back of your garden for lounging. In a large area you can use flowering vines or potted trees to use as room dividers. For an outdoor living room you can have a fireplace built at one end or place a fire pit in the center of the seating. Whatever you add to your own special outdoor spaces will depend on your budget and how much time you want to spend in the outdoors.
Lighting is the next very important item for outdoor spaces. If you want to spend your evening hours in your outdoor space you want to install some lighting fixtures, solar lights, rope or string lights or even a light post. If you have pathways going from one outdoor living area to another pathway lighting is a must for safety. Rope lights and string lights are good for outlining on fences or trees. Solar lights can be used to highlight garden statuary and ponds and for creating ambience.
Summer living in your own outdoor spaces is an inexpensive and enjoyable way to spend more quality time with family and friends. Choosing materials that will withstand the outdoor elements will bring many years of outdoor entertaining and very little maintenance.